Elderly Victims Across New York Lost More Than $441K To Scammers Pretending To Be Family Members In Need
Schneiderman: It’s Despicable That Scammers Are Preying On Vulnerability & Generosity Of Seniors
NEW YORK - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a warning to New Yorkers today after regional offices throughout the state have reported a rise in so-called "grandparent scams," where perpetrators impersonate relatives in need, and then dupe unsuspecting seniors into sending them money. Victims of these phone scams have lost more than $441,000 over the last several months.
On Saturday, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the Volunteers of America 22nd Annual I Remember Mama luncheon. With Mother's Day coming up, this event is designed to honor senior women who would be alone on Mother's Day. In addition to lunch, visitors are treated to speakers, gifts, and entertainment. Joining me was Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robach would provide safety net
in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated
Rochester, NY - Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. If Kodak eliminates health benefits for retirees, those who have not yet reached the age of 65 (when they qualify for Medicare) will be left uninsured.
On Friday evening, June 22nd, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a rally for Karen Klein. As many of you know, Karen is the bus monitor from Greece who was the victim of bullying by middle school students. The video of the event has become a national story. Over 100 members of the Greece community also came out to the rally.
On Tuesday, July 2nd, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first Pickleball courts in Monroe County. The courts are located next to the Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte. For more information on Pickleball, visit http://www.usapa.org/. Following the press conference, I gave Pickleball a try!
On Sunday night, August 19th, the Rochester Red Wings hosted 'Strike Out Bullying' night as the team played host to the Empire State Yankees. Prior to the game, I had the privilege to join Citizens Against Teen Suicide to provide remarks and to present a bat, autographed by the Red Wings team, to Karen Klein of Greece, who was the victim of bullying on a school bus earlier this summer. The night also featured a guest appearance by former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John and motivational speaker Bob Holmes.
On Friday afternoon, I had the privilege to visit with Mildred Hathaway, who was celebrating her 100th birthday. Mildred celebrated with her family and friends at Crimson Ridge Manors in Greece. Best wishes Mildred!
Last week I had the opportunity to join with my colleagues from the Town of Parma and the Village of Hilton to cut the ribbon on Parma's new senior bus. With the help of a grant from New York State, the bus will be used to help transport seniors and other members of the community.
Earlier today, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony to honor Colleen Klix as a 2012 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction. Colleen is the Senior Director of Nursing at Edna Tina Wilson Living Center in Greece. She has been in the nursing profession for 43 years. She became an LPN in 1969 and received her RN degree in 1988. Colleen has been working with Edna Tina Wilson Living Center for 13 years. Congratulations to Colleen for this achievement and keep up the great work you do for seniors in our community! Here I am photographed with Colleen and CEO of Unity Health Systems, Warren Hern.